Season 5 – WINTER / SPRING 2018
Round 7 saw the undefeated HOZZLE ROCKETS franchise suffer their first loss against new kids on the block SCLUB7. The loss sees them relinquish top spot for the first time this season and shows the other contenders that they are not invincible! The ROCKETS did play one light but only Tim”the other” Clapton managed to post a solid score of 37. Fox and Wells added 67 to give them 104. The Club were led superbly by John Scanlan whose 42 set the scene for a big win. The in-form Hartley shot 38 and Varghese was solid for 37, giving them an impressive total of 117 and a convincing victory over the seemingly unbeatable ROCKETS. This loss will undoubtedly shake the ROCKETS but their publicity department will sell it as a “loss they had to have” leading into finals…only time will tell…the CLUB on the other hand will gain plenty of confidence from this win and it may well be a springboard for their tilt at premiership glory! The ANZHACKS set the cat amongst the pigeons jumping into finals contention easily accounting for BUBBLE & SQUEAK 112 to 82. It was an impressive win from the boys from across the ditch as they did it without contributions from the Kiwi recruits who have been their backbone to date. Instead it was Armstrong who took the clash by the scruff of the neck and knocked out a PB with 45 – Banfield and Daines added 67 to give them a very defendable total of 112. The SQUEAK played 4 short so were always up against it – Lawrence was valiant in defeat with 36. CAT STEVENS were less than impressive against THE PUPPETS, falling over the line 95 to 86. Young Kai Teohaere led the way for them with 33, with the Junior Boler and the Senior Teohaere adding 62. The PUPPETS were missing the Enigma Richardson and the rock Wade McGill, and they played like a team without a leader shooting just 86. Only Wicks went above 30 with 31 – Rae, Hammond and Robertson will all be delivered the “please explain” card this week. The MEDIOCRE MEN showed they are not a spent force yet with a resounding 114 to 105 win over the OLD ROOSTERS. Leading from the front, their cunning Captain Reedman returned 41, with Baker continuing his solid form on 37 and Pete Clydesdale rounding out the scorers with 36. They now sit 5th only 2 percent behind the ANZHACKS with 2 rounds left, and with a game against the out of form HEROES this week, they may well be pressing a top 4 berth after this week. The ROOSTERS were solid with Pieining 36, Liebe 35 and Radley 34 giving them their 105 but they just lacked the one big score that would have elevated their total into a winning position. After looking good early, they have slipped into 6th, one game out of the 4 and face the ROCKETS in Round 8 fresh off a loss. The final clash of the round gave the DOUBLE Ds their second win of the season with a comfortable 97 to 58 win over YESTERDAY’S HEROES. The Ds posted 97 on the back of solid efforts from Ronalds 35 and Wilkinson 33. The HEROES were decimated and could only field 2 players – Bourkey was the shining light out of the pair shooting 32. The HEROES have been disappointing this season and now look to have shored up the wooden spoon. The Ds have battled on gamely after some early season turmoil and will be reasonably happy with their results.
After 7 rounds we have a new ladder leader with debutant franchise CAT STEVENS now sitting on top by 0.37% from the HOZZLE ROCKETS. Giant killers SCLUB7 remain clear in 3rd with ANZHACKS moving into 4th 1.99% clear of MEDIOCRE MEN. With 2 rounds remaining, only the OLD ROOSTERS can now realistically challenge these franchises for a finals berth. The latest ladder can be viewed via the link below.
Round 8 CLASH of the ROUND
CAT STEVENS versus SCLUB7…the much awaited clash of the debutants…1st vs 3rd…after taking down the ROCKETS the CLUB will be brimming with confidence and if their leadership group find form they will be hard to toss…the CAT is beginning to look a little shaky and will be very keen to arrest this trend with a convincing win over one of their hottest rivals…the CLUB to claim another scalp…
Round 8 Clashes – Saturday 22nd September
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